honzon hyougu 本尊表具
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A type of mounting *hyousou 表装 for a hanging scroll *kakemono 掛物. The honzon hyougu is considered to be a formal (shin 真 or hyouhoe ひょうほえ) mounting and is used for such things as Buddhist painting daimoku 題目 (the prayer of the Nichiren 日蓮 sect) and Shinto images and the titles of deities shingou 神号. Honzon hyougu consists of the central border fabric *chuuberi 中縁, outer border *souberi 総縁, decorative fabric strips *fuutai 風帯 and narrow divisions hosomi 細見. In this type of mounting, the area of the painting or calligraphy itself honshi 本紙 is bordered on all four sides by the chuuberi.  Surrounding the chuuberi on all four sides is a souberi. The honzon hyougu also has chuuberi fuutai 中縁風帯. Hosomi (hosogane 細金) are inserted around the honshi and the chuuberi, in other words, bordering the inside and outside edges of the chuuberi. Hosomi are thin 1.5-2.1mm-wide threads that are inserted between sections of a mounting in some cases. At most, a hosomi is 3 mm wide. In the case of the honzon hyougu, the color of the line inside the chuuberi is *asagi-iro 浅葱色 (a kind of light blue with a touch of green) in it. The outside is violet or purple . There are some Edo period examples that include a *ichimonji 一文字, a high quality cloth used in the horizontal areas immediately above and hosomi below the picture.


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